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double. we saw a shot of stammen after the double-play in the 8th inning, rob, kind of walking away shaking his head like we had a chance. he kept them in the ball game. all he's doing is getting better each time he take this mound. >> rob: yeah. and you know what? you look at it and you say, from a distance, well, the nationals lost another ball game. well, yeah, an all star guy gets his 11th winner against you, shut down a really good dodger team before in the nationals. threw another gem tonight, but then you lob at your guy, craig stammen. less than 10 starts in the major leagues. he goes out there, only one guy reached third base. 16 out of 25 first pitch strikes. he was a master tonight. and that's the people line. he went out there, followed on great olsen and lannan start. the young pitching is getting bether with every start. the defense is behind them now. they made double-plays. nick johnson made great plays at first. nyjer morgan is running stuff down in the outfield. so the team is getting
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stronger. now, the outcome is not what you would like, but the bottom line is, a 1-0 shutout at coors field. i think that's an excellent game for the nationals. >> i couldn't gray with you are more, buddy, as detailed as you are, you have watched this ball club, can see it grow, the changes, best case scenario for our club in the second half. >> best cares scenario, you play .500 in the second half. you're still going to have some problems, not going to be as talented as the mets, braves, and phillies. no more interleague, so don't have to worry about that stuff. bottom line is, you continue to get better. some of these younger players are auditions for next year's team. so for, you know, ray, you and i, we both know this, you're always auditions for somebody, so you have to go out there and play hard, and these guys are playing hard. they're not quitting. i was here, had to do my radio show early today. this team was out on the field, almost every man at 2:00 in the afternoon after a very long plane flight last night. so these guys have not quit.
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they go out there, they play hard for manny acta and his coaching staff, night in and night out. so for the second half, you can try to play .500, maybe play a little above .600 ball. you know you're not going to the playoffs, but these guys have not quit, and they still have a lot of baseball to play. >> bob: yeah, going to be an interesting second half of the season. >> good result for a team like this to hang in there with a pretty good hitting team in this ballpark. >> i agree with rob. i see everything improving, and i see us in ball games. it all goes back to pitching president we made one error at shortstop. defense and pitching. you're go to be good in games. feel good about your ball club and your chances to win. i think our hitting will be sporadic. i know we can score runs in
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bunches, but we have a lot of guys that don't strike out and make contact. >> let's take a look at correct's work tonight on the mounted out at coors field. a lot of the rookies hitting the ball in the ground tonight, and a heck of a performance by craig stammen. >> well, he threw the ball well all night long. we'll go right to the first inning. he strikes out -- pace hit to right field single, after he struck out fowler, then we saw the double to left center field by olsen, to drive in the run. all-time leading rocky rbi go. no surprise. then he gets ground ball double- play to tulowitzki. that was the theme of the night.
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then strikes out marquis on a very good breaking ball. just kept not really in that big of trouble, but pitch. himself out of trouble. 6th inning, bars leads off with a double, and then helton doubles, 3-6. and just couldn't do it much better. 98 pitches, 2-1 bomb/strikes almost. and doesn't walk many, doesn't strike out a lot of people, doesn't have overpowering stuff, but nasty stuff. that heavy fastball that rob talked about that sinks, and they pound it into the ground. >> unfortunately he has to take the loss. now 1-4. how about the slick glove work tonight of a nick johnson. we're going to come back and
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take a look at slick nick around that first base bag when we continue. 1-0 rockies shut out the nationals. ray knight and johnny holiday bake b income a minute.
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well, jason marquis showed tonight he's the page league's top winner. he has 11 victories tonight as he heads to the all star break in solution. he was almost unhittable. >> he was, johnny. this is the best i've ever seen him, and i've seen him pretty good. he was sinking that fastball and keeping it there. ground ball after ground ball. 14 of them tonight. morgan, first at bat, hit ground ball, and, as we see, fly ball to center feed there. but he just had the breaking ball going. he had so many good pitches that he made in and out. he was able to get ground balls
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to second, to short, to third, 15 in a row. another ground ball there as he jams everybody. has he has a good slider, but he lives to use that fastball, 70% fastballs. there is one, he runs in and gets jammed on. nice play there. and he was just on all night long. we did could not a lot with him. he wad opportunities to, and when we did, we justify couldn't cash in. >> you see there the first five hit next nationals line-up all had base hits on him tonight, but they couldn't get a run across in this 1-0 shutout. he came in the ball game with an era, his lowest in five seasons in the big leagues. that will go down a little bit tonight. how would you hit a guy like this? >> well, i think you have to take him to right field. the only way that you don't hit ground balls is don't roll over on ground balls, and sinkers, they're going to sink the ball in on you. with me, i moved off the plate, inside outed the ball, tried to hit the ball right at the
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second baseman, that way give use a little flatter swing. got to try 0 get the ball up, but as soon as you start rolling over on that ball, hitting nick any the left side -- we had a couple of guys try to do it, but they were still crowding the plate, and then you can't get your swing off. i could inside and out the ball on a ball inside. most hitters can't. they hit the ball more middle of the plate that way. i think in order to do anything, steve wrongers, a guy that i used to hit line drives off of him, trying to hit the ball to right field, because of his sinker. >> jim has been doing that successfully lately, hasn't he? >> yeah, but not on a guy with this type of sinker. you don't have guy that throws the ball, runs and thinks as much as jason's ball does. so he goes over there, but not with the authority and the inside out swing. the inside out swing is something that ozzie smith did, wade boggs, patton did it,
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basically, and guys like tony good win, they hit the ball to that left side. anyway brinkley take the bat barrel this way, lay it off, and then take any of the rollover out of their swing. >> we talk about nick johnson's power from the losed of the plate. in the 4th inning of this paul game tonight, it was all nick all of the time, three consecutive outs from nick johnson in that fourth inning. >> rob: well, the threw and leather there, and stammen got over there, but great job as he rains to his left. another field that's real quick, the ball jumps there. i can't tell you, it's like hitting a golf ball, the ball getting through the infield so quickly in this ballpark. not just in the air, but it gets through there. this is a tremendous play. this ball is hooking. he's playing him straight away, make this play, gets himself up, never panics. that's a highlight real.
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that should be number one on one of those height channelles plays tonight. and then a live drive. but watch how he gathers him. not in a hurry. knows he's out. no panic, just -- but watch right here, you san see, he doesn't get himself in a hurry. little feed to second, and see you later, tulowitzki. >> in the 7th and 8th inning, the nationals not the bases loaded. the 7th was probably most frustrating, no runs crossed the plate, and adam started for home, and enall of a sudden the pitcher fires and getting hip at third base. >> yeah, adam gets a big double right off the wall here. this ball just didn't elevate it enough. now you have first and third. this situation calls for what? if the ball is hit back to the pitcher, you're taught to go
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home. you break to stay out of the double-play. he goes to break, but he stops, seeing the i ball caught. fatal mistake. back to third. no way that the runners can advance from second to third. if he does that properly, goes home, gets caught in a run down, and then bard gets a base hit. might score two there, didn't happen. and then to a weak ground ball to short stop, but mars got ahead of him, so there you go. hey, you either go on contact, or you make the ball go through. if you make the ball you go through, you don't break to home. so he was going on contact, but he should have froze, gets in a run down, the runner from second goes to third. you have second the third, hole different ball game. >> so when he looks back over this ball game, he'll say i should have done this, but i did that? >> manny directs that, though, the third base coach has to make a decision ask say adam you're going on contact. if you're going on any ground ball contact, you take off.
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even if it goes to the pitcher you be stop and get in a run down, because you want to stay out of a double-play, and every pitcher is going to throw home, so if you do it properly with any kind of speed and we the runner is going hard on the batted ball, you scan get to second and third if you stay in a run down long enough. the other option is you make the ball go through, that indicated by the ball has to get by the pitcher. you can't let a line drive -- >> the pitcher is the key, ray? >> the pitcher is the we when you are making the i ball go through, because you've got to freeze on a line drive back to to the pitcher, so if the. of the pitcher doesn't get out there and he stunt -- excuse me, if the batter, he hit, the third base, the run err -- >> i know what you're saying. >> if the runner cuss not commit home, then the pitcher turns and whirls and throws to second pace, gentry. if you let it get by him, then if they don't turn a double play, you walk home. >> we'll take a break and come home and continue with this in-
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depth conversation about this 1- 0 shutout of the nationals by colorado in the first of this 7- game road trip. don't go away. we have more coming up in a minute. .: your final boa rdincall. all passengers... each with an average speed of 590 miles per hour. almost as fast as you. nothing's gonna hold you down. starting august 16th, fly southwest airlines from bwi airport to boston logan for just $49 one-way. bags fly free on southwest so our low fares stay low. grab your bag. it's on. - ( ding ) - book now at southwest.com. ah, just installed fios in the whole building. now everyone has the fastest upload speeds. and we're giving them a mini netbook. well, i'm sticking with cable. so's ted. (voice) no i'm not! he's just goofing. (voice) no i'm not! (sighing) ted has betrayed me. (announcer) switch to verizon fios tv,
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on the big score bored, the reds at philadelphia. big day for the physically offense. victorino with a home run. 2-0 philly. craig daubs a home we are, 4-0
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philly. then 6-0 philly. jimmy rollen, be a double, 7-0. chase utley, a homer, 10-0. the phils score 10 runs, 8 with two outs in the first. they go on to crush the reds. your team, silver fox, 22-1. >> not when they lose 21-0. >> of course now. let's go back out to coors field, and manny acta talking about this-0 shutout this ball club suffered tonight. >> yeah, we had runners on third with less than two outs, and couldn't get a run, but you have to give credit to marquis. he pitched food pitches in key situations. marquis just was outstanding today. >> debbie: and also outstanding, craig stammen. looked like his sinker was working. nine ground ball outs. >> he did a tremendous job for us. i mean, he made pitches all day. he kept his sinker down within wasn't intimidated by the
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altitude here, just pounded the streak zone and got guys out on the ground the whole day. made one mistake the whole day, hung a breaking ball too barmes to start that inning and gave up that run, budget other than than, he it was outstand go ahead. >> debbie: looking ahead, cab that help? of the other guys watching him pitch a game like this here? ny think it does. guys just have to forget to go to the pound with up the mind set the ball flies here and this and that. you still have to throw strikes and throw the ball over the plate, and let the defense do their work, and it proves today, who would have thought we were going to see a 1-0 ball fame at coors field. >> debbie: your defense it was outstanding. nick johnson's glove at first base was outstand go ahead. >> yeah, we played good defense. anybody it was outstanding. there was a lot of 3-1, 1-3 putouts today by the two teams, so that shows that both guys had good sinkers, and threw strikes.
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>> manny, goodness knows marquis has been around. do you see a different pitcher now than in previous years if? >> well, i've never been in the same division with marquis, so i only saw him sporadically when we played him weapon 4th was with the cardinals, and a little withth the braves and cubs, but today he was outstanding. and he shows, hit record, his era in this ballpark that he must be doing a lotting of things right. one thing you can say about him, he alf ways takes the ball. i don't remember the last time he wasn't the dl. so he does a lot of things right out there. >> you talk about not being imtim dated by the altitude -- >> that's skipper manny acta. tomorrow jordan zimmerman gets the baseball from manny acta. we'll talk about zimmerman. he'll try to win his fourth game of the season. he's even up at 3-3, but tonight it's 1-0 colorado. we'll come back after this.
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nats play game two of the series tomorrow night. that will be again at coors field. 8:00 on masn 2. nats and rockies on wednesday. 2:2030 target. nats masn pregame at 2:00. and then the astros. it will be game win of the game that was us is pimped back in may, and then houston again fry night at 7:30 on masn hd. and then we hope you'll join us for our nats xtra pregame. let's go to get some thoughts from craig stammen on this 1-0 loss to colorado. >> not that satisfied with it, because fest gave up that run that put us behind, and couldn't recover it. so 7 inning, finally got through the third time in the
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order wish sob some positives i can take something from. >> what about the three double >> that's been great. got a couple of lucky breaks today, and, you know, thankful for that. >> and as we're watching stammen's comments, you mailed a comment about the fact he only gave up five hits. he was not satisfied with his performance. >> johnny, he's got it. there's something about him i liked from the first day, the way he addresses things. he's dead serious about this thing, and he believes in himself. >> all right. jordan thanksgiving against jason hammel tomorrow. here is zimmermann's numbers. >> yeah, johnny, he's only given up five runs in his last five outings. so he's been outstanding. jason hammel was with tampa bay last year. pitched well. 5-4. >> we'll start our coverage tomorrow night at 7:00. thanks for joining us,
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>> fans love saturday nights, hold on, not sure the competitors involved will be exactly the same. inside our homicide studio, we'll talk all about it. four laps to go, a green flag. nascar's shoot-out start,
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restart, second place, hamlin is beside leader tony stewart. but he wasn't able to stay there for long and that was kind of indicative of the way things unfolded all night at daytona. >> very unpredictable in that regard. restarts were very difficult because these guys are going through years, having to synchronize their shift and push one another. that was the part that was unusual, is pushing as you're going through the gears. >> so white flag, kyle busch gets a big runaround tony stewart which set up the frantic moments a tough final corner right here. >> you know what? thankfully nascar has done safer cars and barriers. this was a wreck. a hard wreck. nobody got hurt and everybody walked away from it but the last two races, there have been pretty good crashes. >> wrecks at the end. who is at fault, kyle, tony or just racing? >> it's just racing. nobody was at fault. tony was doing what he had to do. kyle was doing what he had to
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do. i guess the sad thing is nascar didn't get the warning out a little earlier. kyle got hit more. >> you've got drivers who instinctively are going for the win. they see the checker in front of them. they are going to play defense and offense, it's the product of racing. >> if you run over somebodystre. >> can't you give a ticket there. >> maybe. >> fortunately, we laugh about it now but tall drivers were okay after the big hits that kyle busch and others took at the end of the race. something that went unnoticed in the controversy over the finish is the role of stewart's pit crew and pit stall played in his winning. there were several times that hamlin passed stewart on the track but when stewart came down pit row, his crew got him back the lead. >> these guys practice all week long.
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in the first stall, they have won from the pit stall. >> it's a lot of difference between winning and losing and they deserve every bit of the attention they have been getting. >> they have been doing this all year. >> stewart's team gets the job done. tony, the driver, gets the job done on the racetrack and picks up his second win of the season and expand his lead in the championship. the circuit heads off to the mile and a half chicagoland speedway for a race this coming saturday night. >> next on espnews, clashing in los angeles, how the angels try to stop the streaking rangers. >> lance armstrong itching for a shot at a yellow jersey. how he made his move at the tour de france. a soccer star fills up a stadium and he didn't even play.
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an introduction rarely seen in sports. >> and jeff fisher reflects on the steve mcnair that led the titans to a super bowl. plus the latest on the investigation into his death. >> welcome to espnews, helping you to stay current with all the latest knew, scores and highlights. derek jeter gets mad, and nomar returns to fenway. >> we begin in southern california where the angels and rangers began a three-game series with identical 45-35 record tied for first in the a.l. west. >> so far, all angels and they
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are threatening again. first and third, nobody out, vladimir guerrero, already lead 6-2, they are roughing up kevin millwood. a fair ball down the third base line. that will turn into a seven moments from now. as the angels continue to pour it on against the texas rangers. full highlights of the contest when it ends here on espnews. jared weaver on the hill for the angels. kevin millwood not having a good start tonight. the angels still batting. 7-2, second and third, with nobody out. >> no march garciaparra returning to fenway park for the first time since he was traded in 2004 and he was feeling the love. >> designated hitter, number one, nomar garciaparra. >> they still love him in beantown. top of the fourth, no score, runners at the corners with no outs.
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nomar, singling to left. jays on giambi scores, nomar, 2-4 with an rbi. a's win it 6-0. anderson, the first rookie to shut out the red sox in fenway since jim abbott in 1989. boston had their sixth game home winning streak against nomar and the a's snapped. garciaparra on the emotions he was feeling monday night. >> i was trying not to cry. i was getting choked up. these fans have always made me feel just that way. i mean, since the day i put on that uniform. and, they have given me such great memories and such great moments, and they gave me another one day that i will never forget. >> gosh, i can't get off the high. the adrenaline, once it wears off, i'll be sore. my body will be hurting after the adrenaline wears off but it's a tribute to the people that i can feel like this. >> at least 1,000 at-bats at fenway. garciaparra's career .337 batting average is sixth best all time, five players ahead of
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him, four are hall of famers. wade boggs, ted williams, tris speaker and fox. >> yankees and blue jays, in the new stadium, in the afternoon, ricky romero, young left-handed pitcher. derek jeter on second. he appears to avoid the tag by scott rolen but gets thrown out. jeter asked for an explanation and didn't like what he heard. joe girardi comes out to support the captain, and goodbye. foster, 7-4 game. we'll hear from jeter in a moment about the scenario. mats uwe -- winning run, but no theatric on this day in the new yankee stadium. blue jays hold on to beat the yankees and avoid getting swept in the four-game series. andy petitte gave up six runs, five hits, five walks in six plus. 12 of the 14 home runs he's
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allowed this year have come at home. yankees hit the road for six games, three in minnesota and three at anaheim leading up to the all-star break. back to the phantom tag, why were you so upset? >> did you argue because you knew you were safe? >> well, i was just baffled by the explanation. i was told i was out because the ball beat me. and he didn't to tag me. so i was unaware of that change in the rules. >> do you second-guess at all your decision? >> no, because i was safe. how about that. in that situation, you try to be aggressive. i thought i could make it. unfortunately it didn't happen, but like i said, i wasn't the call that made me have a conversation, it was the explanation. >> he always knows what to say. he says the perfect thing every time. >> scott rolen, 23, fourth longest. only five short of shawn green's club record set back in 1999. row len batting .389. .327 for the season. >> new details continue to
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emerge around the weekend shooting deaths of former quarterback steve mcnair and his girlfriend. >> according to autopsy results three of the four gunshot wounds that killed mcnair were fired from more than three feet away. the state medical examiner bruce levy says one of the gunshots was fired at close range. >> kazemi's own gunshot wound was a contact shot meaning the gun was touching her head when it was fired. the gun found at the scene was bought by kazemi less than two days before the two were shot to death. >> titans head coach jeff fisher's first full season as nfl head coach was in 1995, when then houston oilers made steve mcnair the number three overall pick in that year's nfl draft. fisher eased mcnair into the lineup slowly giving him spot duty over his first two nfl seasons before turning the team over to him in 1997. 12 years later, on monday, he
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talked about mcnair's life and death. here's bob holzman. >> while the titans flag out front sagged at half-staff, an emotional jeff fisher sat quietly in his office searching for the right words. when he took the podium still not sure what to say, fisher chose to speak on behalf of his former quarterback. >> steve mcnair that i knew would want me to say, sorry. note perfect. we all make decisions sometimes that are not in the best interest, please for give me. the steve mcnair that i knew would want me to say celebrate my life. for what i did on the field.
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for what i did in the community. for the kind of teammate that i was. that's what steve would want me to say. >> sent in 11 seasons together and nearly won a super bowl. on monday fisher called mcnair one of the greatest competitors of all time and said he hopes that's what people remember, not the details surrounding his death. >> we all have the right to judge, and my hope is that steve will be remembered and also forgiven, but remembered for what he did and what he meant to this organization. >> we all make mistakes that we wish we could go back on but i'm not here to swell on it. i'm here to celebrate the life of a dear friend and teammate. >> there will be a public memorial service for mcnair on thursday afternoon in suburban nashville. a private funeral is scheduled for saturday near mcnair's
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childhood home in mississippi. in nashville, bob holzman, espnews. >> thank you, bob. when we return here on espnews, more baseball, a record-setting run scored night in philadelphia, and the results of randy johnson's mri are in. >> the newest member of the 300 win club, how long the giants will be without the big unit. also ahead, dwyane wade says he'll remain in miami under one condition. we've seen plenty of athletes ( blower whirring ) ( rake scratching ) why throw away your money? - ( piano music playing ) - switch to sprint. save $360 a year with the everything data family plan and get the blackberry curve 8330 smartphone for just $49.99. deaf, hard-of-hearing and people with speech disabilities access www.sprintrelay.com.
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>> there is a man known as the machine can, he be counted on, albert pujols was hauling out serious lumber. he became the seventh player in history to reach 30 homers before july 1. he's the third youngest player in history to total 350 career homers. >> can he fly? >> he can in some ways. the other big ones joining next week. gonzalez, fielder, howard, the sluggers, the homer derby, the best sluggers swing for the fences monday night on espnews. in the state farm home run derby live. coverage begins at 7:00 p.m.
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eastern with an all-star edition of baseball tonight. >> that's busch. >> that's busch league. the phillies have changed their minds on free agent right-hander pedro martinez. they will watch massachusetts throw in the dominican republic. they said earlier this year they had no interest in martinez. your thoughts on this scenario? >> it's hard to say if pedro martinez wouldn't fit in any team's rotation but the bottom line is last year in new york he pitched 109 innings and gave up 19 home runs. how would that play in citizens bank park, home park of the philadelphia phillies? it may not be good. but he's a world champion. he's a cy young winner, and the philadelphia phillies have to tell themselves, is he better than what we have? i think right now, if he's committed to be a fifth starter, possibly skipping here and there, he could be a great asset to the philadelphia phillies rotation to help some of those young pitchers get through some rough spots. >> no starting pitching issues for the phillies monday night.
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johnny to shane victorino, sixth of the year. two-run jack. victorino, 4-5 and scored five runs. 5-5, 4-4. dogs, you're up. two-run homer, fifth of the year, 4-0 phillies. later in the first, it's 7-0 and now it's 10-0. gone after 2/3 of an inning. daniel herrera comes in. they are not done. bottom of the eighth inning, four-run homer. jayson werth, 17th homer of the year. he was 2-5, with five rbis. so hamels is the starter who got tall runs. the struggling ace allowed one run in three hits. phillies tie a club record for most runs in the first inning. it was the most runs by a phillies team since they won 26-7 over the mets at the old
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veterans stadium. their margin of victory was the third largest ever in 115 years. they have been playing baseball since the 1870s. the only bigger begun philly history was against the louisville kernels and the indianapolis hoosiers. haven't seen either of them. >> the giants began sunday by celebrating their pitching. the two players named to the all-star team but bit the end of the day celebration turned to genuine concern as a potential run in the postseason may have taken a disheartening turn. the giants placing johnson on the 15-day d.l. list with a strained shoulder. even though johnson has won 303 career games he hasn't been what he used to be this season. his e.r.a. is over 1.5 higher than his career average entering the season. he's also striking out nearly three fewer batters per nine innings and winning with less frequency. johnsonless giants welcoming the
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marlins for a three game sets. giants on top 5-2 in the bottom of the sixth. sandoval -- first career grand slam in the fifth. two home runs and eight rbis in his last three games. >> nationals and rockies, jayson marquis gets josh willingham to fly out to right, and marquis what a story he's been this year. eight strong innings in this one. got his 20th save. the rockies are right on the heels of the giants. the giants, the n.l. wild card leader at this moment in early july. rockies are right there after their great stretch. marquis has been there all year long. he goes 11-5 on the year. >> in the past i was so worried
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about guys not scoring, you know, and trying to make perfect pitches and trying to get three outs with one pitch. and i really, this year, i told myself to bear down and focus on the hitter and not let the game get out of hand. if four runs scores, it's late in the game, it's still within reach, i just changed my focus to the hitter and good things have been happening. >> you may not know this, but ronaldo is a big deal. >> so big, in fact, some 80,000 people welcomed him to real madrid. >> the famed club committed $131 million in transfer fees. >> i have to say, thank you to all, all supporters, my boss, my friends, and my teammates. i-been six years with the club and i have friends there. a relationship with all the people there. but the people who understand my
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decision, and the people respect that, of course, it's a great challenge now, and other people know my dream is to play in madrid. but i'm going to miss many things in manchester. but this is the life. this is my new house. my new club and i'll give 100% for this club. >> real madrid is no stranger to paying top dollar for talent. they are now responsible for the fourth largest transfer fees in soccer history, including two in the last few months. >> madrid must not have cable. >> that's my assessment. >> what about dwyane wade's future with the heat? remember, he can opt out of the deal after this upcoming nba season, and on monday, he told espnews that getting to the playoffs is just not enough. >> i've been lucky and blessed to have an opportunity to win a championship here in miami and once you taste success, you want to continue to keep getting it, and i just want to make sure i
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build and we build this program back to its winning ways. i'm 27. i'm in the midst of the prime of my career. i look at myself and say i've got a good window left and i want to be put into a position to win. if we do that, why i would want to leave these parts? that's what it's all about. >> and the 400% humidity in the summer. the franchise has gone through a stretch. 2007, swept out of the first hand. 2008, they were 15-67. wade was hurt. and last year they made the playoffs but bounced in the first round. >> when we return, we have lance armstrong's ride at the tour de france. stage three on monday. >> and when we return, more troubling health concerns for a member of phil
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>> tigers and royals, have seen their lead in the a.l. central sri lanka. benches emptied for jacob. solo shot. his first home run since june 5.
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fifth blown save this season. he's never blown more than five saves in one year. >> braves and cubs, who is hot? derrek lee is hot. two-run homer in the first. monday night against the bravos. five home runs in his last six games. 14 rbis. 2-0 rubs. ramirez, activated on monday. missing two months with an injured shoulder. got a nice round of applause but 0-4 at the dish. wells, winning his fourth straight start for the cubs. they have won 6-8. mclouth, homered. >> lance armstrong fined for arriving late. he blamed his tardiness on a visit from actor ben stiller. third stage of the tour de
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france, armstrong staying with the back riding on the front end of the field. later in the stage, teammate signals armstrong to move forward. lance, i'm looking ought, pal, armstrong moves from 10th to third in the overall standings at stage iii. cavendish, can they make a move mid race? they lined up making a pass in the front of the pack. the final print, cavendish beats everyone to the finish line. armstrong, not being the leader of this team. >> i prefer to stay out of the drama of who is the leader of the team. i've won the tour seven times. i think i deserve a little bit of credit, but alberto is a great rider, too, but you've got to go with the two leaders but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of opportunities like today. >> the the swiss rider extended
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his lead and is ahead of columbia rider morgan of germany and armstrong by 40. >> phil mickelson's mary has been diagnosed with breast cancer less than two months after his wife was diagnosed with the same disease. tina mickelson told the union tribune that her mother was diagnosed a week ago and will have surgery this friday. amy mickelson had surgery for her breast cancer at the same hospital last wednesday. >> we got our first glimpse at the third overall pick of the draft. player looks solid. harden pouring in 17 points on 6-9 shooting for oklahoma city's win over orlando. >> still to come, the rangers and angels meeting for a.l. supremacy. who took sole possession of first place? >> plus an motional jeff fisher opens up about his former quarterback, plus new
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developments in the mcnair case. topsters on the way.
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>> hi, i'm christopher harris with your fantasy news. let's look at a few starting pitchers who will be lotion to on tuesday. bedard is active in most leads. he's coming off the d.l. he dominated baltimore in a starts will year and supposedly looked great in his final bullpen tune-up. zimmermann keeps rolling. i would uhim in colorado against the rockies. he's allowed two runs or fewer in his past five starts. in that span he's got a 2.12 e.r.a. finally, if your streaming pitchers, it might be time to ride happ. in his pass three outings, he's struck out 13, he gets the reds on tuesday. espn.com is the best fantasy
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announcers. check out our articles, videos, pod casts and chats and do better in your league. >> posted a 1.34 e.r.a. and nine straight wins. young, right back where it came. from hampton throws it. went seven innings, three ks. tejada, a shot down the left field line. two runs scored. up 4-0 and go on to win. hampton 4-0 with a 1.00 e.r.a. versus the pirates this season. he's 1-5 with 5.77 e.r.a. versus all other teams. >> next on espnews, leaders clashing in los angeles. how the angels try to stop the
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streaking team. how lance armstrong made his move at the tour de france. a soccer star fills up the stadium and he didn't even play. an introduction rarely seen in sports. >> jeff fisher reflects on the steve mcnair that led the titans to a super bowl plus the latest on the investigation into his death. >> welcome to espnews. helping you stay current with all the lays news, scores and highlights. alongside john, that's right, that's him. nomar returns to fenn way. more on that in a moment. >> we begin in southern california where the angels and rangers began a three-game series with identical 45-35 records. tied for first in the a.l. west.
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>> 9-2 angels. weaver pitching well, top of the seventh inning. he's one out so far. josh hamilton making his return to the rangers lineup. 2-3, a double and a run scored but otherwise, it's all angels in this one. jeff mathis got the party started with a three-run homer. 9-2 angels lead. >> nomar garciaparra returning to fenway park for the first time since he was traded in 2004 and he was feeling the love. >> designated hitter number one. >> nomar garciaparra. >> they still love him in beantown. top of the fourth, no score, runners at the corners with no outs. nomar singling to left. jayson giambi scores, 1-0 a's. nomar, 2-4 with an rbi. a's win it 6-0. bret anderson, the first rookie to shut out the red sox in fenway, since abbott in 1989.
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boston had their six-game home winning streak against nomar and the a's snapped. garciaparra on the emotions he was feeling monday night. >> i was trying not to cry. i was getting choked up. these fans have always made me feel just that way. since the day i put on that uniform. they have given me such great memories and such great moments, and they gave me another one today that i will never forget. >> gosh i can't get off the high. the adrenaline, once it wears off i'll be sore. my body will be hurting after the adrenaline wears off. but atribute to these wonderful people that i can feel like this. >> among players at least 1,000 at-bats at fenway, garciaparra's career .337 batting average is sixth best all time. five place ahead of him, four are hall of famers. wade boggs, ted williams, tris speaker and jimmie foxx. >> yankees and blue jays in the new stadium, in the afternoon. ramar row, young left-handed
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pitcher, derek jeter on second, he appears to avoid the tag by scott rolen but gets thrown out. jeter asked for an explanation. he didn't like what he her. joe girardi comes out to support the captain, finger-pointing and goodbye. foster runs a 7-4 game. we'll hear from jeter. matsui, one run game. next batter, penski, winning run, but no theatrics on this day in the new yankees stadium. goes down. blue jays hold on to beat the yankees and avoid getting swept in the four-game series. andy petitte gave up six runs, five hits, five walks and six plus. 12 of the 14 homers he's allowed this year have come at home. yankees hit the road for six games. three at minnesota, three in anaheim leading up to the all-star break. back to the phantom tag at third, why were you so upset? >> did you argue because you knew you were safe?
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>> i was just baffled by the explanation. i was told i was out because the ball beat me and he didn't have to tag me. i was unaware of the change in the rules. >> do you second-guess your decision? >> no, i was safe. how about that? in that situation, you try to be aggressive. i thought i could make it. unfortunately it didn't happen, but like i said, i wasn't the call that made me have a conversation, it was the explanation. >> he always knows what to say. he says the perfect thing every time. scott rolen, 23 game hitting streak for toronto. third longest. only five short of shawn green's club record set back in 1999. rolen batting .389. .327 for the season. >> new details continue to emerge around the weekend shooting deaths of former quarterback steve mcnair and his girlfriend. according to autopsy results three of the four gunshot wounds that killed mcnair were fired from more than three feet away. the state medical examiner bruce levy says one of the gunshots to mcnair's temple was fired at
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close range. kazemi's own gunshot wound was a contact shot meaning the gun was touching her head when it was fired. the gun found at the scene was bought by kazemi less than two days before the two were shot to death. >> titans head coach jeff fisher's first full season as nfl head coach was in 1995, when the then houston oilers made steve mcnair the number three overall pick in that year's nfl draft. fisher eased mcnair into the lineup slowly giving him spot duty over his first two seasons before turning the team over to mcnair in 1997. 12 years later, on monday, he talked about mcnair's life and death. here's bob holzman. >> while the titans flag sagged at half-staff an emotional jeff fisher sat quietly in his office searching for the right words. when he took the podium, still not sure what to say, he chose to speak on behalf of his former
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quarterback. >> the steve mcnair that i knew would want me to say, sorry. not perfect. we all make decisions sometimes that are not in the best interest. please forgive me. the steve mcnair that i knew would want me to say celebrate my life for what i did on the field. for what i did in the community. for the kind of teammate that i was. that's what steve that i knew would want me to say. >> fisher and mcnair spent 11 seasons together, and nearly won a super bowl. on monday, fisher called mcnair one of the greatest competitors of all time and said he hopes
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that's what people remember. not the details surrounding his death. >> we all have given the right to judge and my hope is that steve will be remembered, and also forgive , but remembered for what he did and what he meant to this organization. >> we all make mistakes. we all wish we could go back on, but i'm not here to dwell on that. i'm here to celebrate the life of a dear friend and teammate. >> there will be a public memorial service for mcnair on thursday afternoon in suburban nashville. a private funeral is scheduled for saturday near mcnair's childhood home in mississippi. in nashville, bob holzman, espnews. >> thank you, bob. when we return, more baseball here on espnews. a record-setting runs scored. >> the newest member of the 300 club is shutting it down. how long will the giants be without the big unit.
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plus dwyane wade says he'll remain in miami on one condition. what the heat must do to keep the superstar from leaving. we've seen plenty of
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>> welcome back. reds and phillies, boy, the phillies had a whole lot of fun. two-run homer. later, same inning, two-run homer. 4-0 phillies. layers in the first, it's 7-0 phillies. cuerto is gone after 2/3 of an inning and nine hundreds. now daniel herrera is in. 19th of the year. a 10-run first for the reds.
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then one in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and then six more in the eighth inning. powered by this four-run homer from jayson werth. second career grand slam. victorino's homer was his first in 25 games. he also scored five runs. a great box score line for those who are still into that. five at-bats, five runs, four hits, four rbis. 5-5-4-4. most runs ever scored at the bank in philly. >> it's just one of those nights, you do it all year long. there will be times when you go and you don't get any hits but tonight we just kept plugging along. bottom of the eighth inning, still plugging along. every run counts. >> thanks for calling into espnews to talk about this big phillies win. 21-run margin of victory, their
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third largest ever. biggest in 115 years. >> the giants began sunday by celebrating their pitching. two were named to the n.l. all-star team. by the end of the day celebrating turned to genuine concern as a potential run into the postseason may have taken a disheartening run. johnson being placed on the 15-day d.l. list. even though johnson has won 303 career games he hasn't been what he used to be this season. his e.r.a. is over 1 1/2 higher than his career average entering the season and striking out nearly three batters less per nine innings and winning with less frequency. right now, the giants are leading marlins 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth inning. pablo sandovar, grand slam in the fifth. at 22 he's the youngest giant with a grand slam since matt
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williams in 1988. >> nationals, rockies, in denver, jayson marquis what a story this year. major league baseball's first 11-game winner. named to the all-star team for the first time this past weekend. he goes eight strong, and the rockies win 1-0. houston got a six pitch save in the ninth. just the fifth time in franchise history, that colorado has won 1-0 at home. three of them came last year. so it's marquis and the rockies winning 1-0 at home. >> in the past i was so worried about guys not scoring, you know, and trying to make perfect pitches and trying to get three outs with one pitch. you know, this year i told myself to bear down and focus on the hitter and not let the game get out of hand. if one run scores, late in the game but it's still a one-run game, within reach. so i just changed my focus to the hitter and good things have been happening. >> the man known as the machine
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will be counted on to pump out an assembly line work of round transporters. pujols hauling out the series lumber for the home run derby. he'll be joined by former champ ryan howard, prince fielder, and adrian gonzalez. the four sluggers are the n.l.'s first baseman for the game on july 14. sedgeway, 2009 state farm home run derby, you can see it live at 8:00 p.m. eastern. coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern with an all-star edition of baseball tonight. you may not know this but ronaldo is kind of a big deal. >> people who know him. >> so big, in fact, 80,000 people welcomed him to real madrid. the equivalent of $131 million, just in transfer fees have been paid. i have to say thank you to all supporters. my boss, my friends and my teammates. because, you know, have i been
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six years with the club and i have friends there. relationships with all the people there. but the people who understand my decision, and people respect that, of course, it's a great challenge now, and other people know, why jimmy is to play in madrid, but i will miss many things in manchester, but this is life. this is my house. my new club, and i'm going to give 100% for this club. >> real madrid is no stranger to paying top dollar for talent. they are responsible for the four largest transfer fees in soak history including two in the last few months. >> dwyane wade's future with the heat, predicated on the team returning to nba title contention. he can opt out of his deal after this upcoming nba season. he talked with espnews on monday. getting into the playoffs is not
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enough. >> to win a championship here in miami, once you taste success, you want to continue to keep getting it, and i just want to make sure i build and we build this program back to its winning ways. i'm 27. i'm in the midst of the prime of my career so i look at myself and say, i've got a good window left and i want to be put into the position to win. if we do that, why would i want to leave these parts, what you see behind me, that's what it's all about. >> since the heat won the 2006 nba title, it's been a frustrating run. 2007, swept out of the first round. 2008, they went 15-67. wade was injured. and this past season, they made the playoffs but were bounced in the first round by the atlantic hawks. when we return here on espnews, we have lance armstrong's ride at the tour de france. it was stage three on monday. >> and more troubling health
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>> more baseball, tigers and royals, lead shrinks to two games. game tied at 3-3, top of the ninth inning. deep and gone off fernando. solo jack. royals win by 6-4. looking at what the royals have done, they have won 4-3,
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bloomquist, 3-4 with a home run and three rbis. 1-3 with a home run as well. >> braves and cubs, derrek lee in the house. derrek lee out of the house. he's been red-hot of late. five homers in his last 16 -- in his last six games. five homers, 14 rbis in six games for dee lee. a two-run homer in the first, 16th of the year. ramirez had missed two months with an injured shoulder. he went 0-4 but rookie randy wells, won. now two games over .500. mclouth, homered. >> lance armstrong, fined for arriving late to the pre-stage registration. blamed his tardiness on a visit
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from actor ben stiller. blame it on ben. >> third stage of the tour de france, i'm watching you, lance armstrong, staying with the back riding in the front end of the field. later in the stage, teammate signals armstrong to move forward. yeah, lance, come on up. armstrong, moves from 10th to third in the overall standings, at stage three. makes a move mid race, the final sprint. cavendish beats everyone to the finish line. >> i prefer to stay out of the drama of who is the leader of the team. have i won it seven times. i think i deserve a little bit of credit but alberto is great rider, too, and we've got to go on with two leaders but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of opportunities like today.
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>> race leader cancellara, third day in a row, the swiss rider extends his lead and is head of columbia required tony martin of germany by 33 seconds and armstrong by 40. >> phil mickelson's mother, mary, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. less than two months after mickelson's wife amy was diagnosed with the same disease. tina mickelson, phil sister, told the san diego union tribune that her mother was diagnosed a week ago and will have surgery this friday. amy mickelson had surgery at the same hospital last wednesday. >> got our first glimpse of the third overall pick in june's nba draft. james harden out of arizona state, looked solid. pouring in 17 points on 6-9 shooting in oklahoma's win over orlando. >> the rangers and angels meeting for a.l. west supremacy. took sole possession of first
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>> fans loved saturday night's fourth of july race. i'm not sure of the competitors involved will be exactly the
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same. we'll talk all about it. four laps to go, green flag for a restar. nascar's new shoot-out style restart, second place danny hamlin is beside tony stewart but he wasn't able to stay there for long and that was indicative of the way things unfolded all night. >> very unpredictable in that regard. restarts are difficult because they are going through gears, making shifts, having to synchronize those shifts and push one another. that was the part that was unusual is pushing as you're going through the gears. >> in the white flag, tony stewart sets up the lead which sets up the frantic moments off the frantic corner. >> thankfully mass car has done safer cars and barriers, because this was a wreck, a hard wreck. everybody walked away from it but the last two races, there have been pretty good crashes. >> assigning blame, something we
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all like to do as race fans so who is at fought? kyle, tony? >> just racing. tony was doing what he had to do. kyle was doing what he had to do. i guess the sad thing is nascar didn't get the flag out earlier. kyle got hid heart for the third time instead of just maybe once or twice. >> not to say that it couldn't have been avoided. but listen, you've got drivers who instinctively are going for the win. they see the checkered in front of them and they are going to play against and offense and it's a product of restricted racing. >> if you run over somebody on the street you get a ticket. >> can't you get a ticket there. >> maybe. >> fortunately, we're able to laugh about it now but tall drivers are okay after the big hits that kyle busch and others took at the end of the race. something that went unnoticed in the controversy over the finish was the role tony stewart's pit cruel and stall played in his winning the race. there were several times when danny hamlin passed stewart on
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the racetrack but when stewart came down pit row his pit crew got him back the lead. >> these guys practice all week long that first pit stall, five guys have won this year on the first pit stall. >> it's the difference between winning an losing and they deserve every bit of the attention they are getting. >> it's a testament to what they are doing. they put together this group in their first year and they have been doing this all year. >> tony stewart's team gets the job done on pit row. tony gets the job done on the racetrack and picks up his second win of the season and expands his lead in the championship. the circuit heads off to the mile and a half chicago land speedway for a race this coming saturday night. >> more baseball, astros pitcher mike hampton has owned pittsburgh in his career. nine straight wins against them. hampton, the cat like reflexes and throws it. hampton, seven innings, one run,
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three ks. 2-0 astros. tejada shot it down the left field line. two runs score. astros up 4-0 and they go on to win by a final count of 4-1. hampton 4-0. 1-5 versus all other teams. >> next on espnews, >> next on espnews, a.l. west leaders clashing in los angeles. how the angels try to stop the streaking rangers. >> lance armstrong in position for a shot at a yellow jersey. how he made his move at the tour de france. >> a soccer star fills up a stadium and he didn't even play. an introduction rarely seen in sports. and jeff fisher reflects on the steve mcnair that led the titans to a super bowl plus the latest
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on the investigation into his death. >> welcome to espnews, helping you to stay current with all the latest news, scores and highlights. alongside john buccigross. that's him. nomar returns to fenway, more on that in a moment. >> we begin in southern california where the angels and rangers began a three-game series with identical 45-35 records. tied for first in the a.l. west. 9-4 angels lead. top of the ninth, three outs to go. jeff mathis, three-run home run early. jared weaver pitched well. kevin millwood did not. and so the angels on the verge now. two outs away from winning game one of this three-game series and they will take a one-game lead in the american league west. >> nomar garciaparra returning
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to fenway park for the first time since he was traded in 2004. he was feeling the love. >> designated hitter number one. nomar garciaparra. >> they still love him in bee town. top of the fourth, no outs. nomar, singling to left. jayson giambi scores, 1-0 a's. nomar, 2-4 with an rbi. the a's win it 6-0. bret anderson. the first rookie to shut out the red sox in fenway since jim abbott in 1989. boston had their six-game home winning streak against nomar and the a's snapped. garciaparra on the emotions he was feeling monday night. >> i was trying not to cry. i was getting choked up. these fans have always made me feel just that way. since the day i put on that uniform. and, you know, they have given me such great memories and such great moments. they gave me another one today that i will never forget. gosh, i can't get off this high.
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the adrenaline, once it wears off, i'm going to be sore, my body will be hurting after the adrenaline wears off but it's a tribute to these wonderful people here that i can feel like this. >> among players with at least 1,000 at-bats at fenway, his batting average is sixth best all time. of the five made of him, four are hall of famers. >> yankees and blue jays, good pitcher for the blue jays. derek jeter on second, he appears to avoid the tag by scott rolen and gets thrown out. he asked for an explanation and didn't like what he had. finger-pointing and goodbye. 7-4 games bottom of the ninth, we'll hear from jeter in a moment about the scenario.
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matsui, one-run game. next batter, he's the winning run, but, no theatrics on this day in the new yankees stadium. goes down, blue jays hold on to beat the yankees and they avoid getting swept in the four-game series. andy petitte gave up six runs, five hits, five walks in six plus. 12 of the 14 homers he's allowed this year have come at home. yankees hit the road for six games, three at minnesota, three in anaheim leading up to the all-star break. back to that phantom tag at third, why were you so upset? >> did you argue because you knew you were safe? >> well, i was just baffled by the explanation. i was told i was out because the ball beat me. and he didn't have to tag me, so i was unaware of that change in the rules. >> do you second-guess at all your decision? >> no, because i was safe. how about that? in that situation, you try to be aggressive. i thought i could major it. unfortunately it didn't happen, but it wasn't the call that made me have a conversation, it was
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explanation. >> he always knows what to say. he says the perfect thing every time. scott rolen, 23-game hitting streak for toronto. fourth longest in the blue jay history. only five short of shawn green's club record set back in 1999. rolen batting .389 during his streak. .327 for the season. new details continue to emerge around the weekend shooting deaths of former quarterback steve mcnair and his girlfriend. according to autopsy results three of the four gunshot wounds that killed mcnair were fired from more than three feet away. the state medical examiner bruce levy says one of the gunshots to mcnair's temple was fired at close range. kazemi's own gunshot wound was a contact shot meaning the gun was touching her head when it was fired. police say the gun found at the scene was bought by kazemi less than two days before the two were shot to death. these are the new pictures of the couple obtained by tmz.com. kazemi's nephew, said she appeared confident would last
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and even introduced mcnair to the family. mcnair was divorcing his wife, and that it would be finalized soon. >> titans head coach fisher's first full season as nfl head coach was in 1995 when the then houston oilers made steve mcnair the number three overall pick in that year's nfl draft. fisher eased mcnair into the lineup slowly giving him spot duty over his first two seasons before turning the team over to mcnair in 1997. 12 years later, on monday, he had to talk about mcnair's life and death. here's bob holzman. >> while the titans flag out front sagged at half-staff, an emotional jeff fisher sat quietly in his office searching for the right words. when he took the podium, still not sure what to say, fisher chose to speak on behalf of his former quarterback. >> steve mcnair that i knew would want me to say, sorry.
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not perfect. we all make decisions sometimes that are not in the best interest. please forgive me. the steve mcnair that i knew would want me to say celebrate my life. for what i did on the field. for what i did in the community. for the kind of teammate that i was. that's what steve, that i knew, would want me to say. >> fisher and mcnair spent 11 seasoning to, and nearly won a super bowl. on monday, fisher called mcnair one of the greatest competitors of all time. and said he hopes that's what people remember. not the details surrounding his death. >> we all have given the right
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to judge, and my hope is that steve will be remembered and also forgiven, but remembered for what he did and what he meant to this organization. >> we all make mistakes. we all wish we could go back on. but i'm not here to dwell on that i'm here to celebrate the life of a dear friend and teammate. >> there will be a public memorial service for mcnair on thursday afternoon in suburban nashville. a private funeral is scheduled for saturday near mcnair's childhood home in mississippi. in nashville, bob holtzman, espnews. >> when we return, more baseball here on espnews. a record-setting run scoring night in philadelphia and the results of randy johnson's mri are in. >> the newest member of the 300 club is shutting it down. how long will the giants be without the big unit plus dwyane wade says he'll remain in miami on one condition. what the heat must do to keep their superstar from leaving. we've seen plenty of athletes
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>> welcome back. reds and phillies, boy did the phillies have a whole lot of fun. johnnie cuerto and the reds. later, same inning, greg, 2-run homer. later in the first, 7-0 phillies, cuerto is gone
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after 2/3 of an inning and nine earned runs. now her rare row is in. 19th of the year. a 10-run first for the reds. then one in the second, one in the third. four in the fourth and then six more in the eighth powered by this four-run homer from jayson werth. second career grand slam. victinit victorino's home run was the first in five games. five at-bats, five runs, four hits, four rbis. 5-5, 4-4. ham it els gets the win. >> you do it all year long. there will be times where you don't get any hits but tonight we just get plugging along. it was the bottom of the eighth and we're still plugging along. every at-bat counted and every
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runs count. >> thanks for calling into espnews to talk about this big phillies win. 21 margin of victory. big northwest 115 years. >> the giants began sunday by celebrating their pitching. tim and matt were both named to the nl steamer. by the end of the day celebration turned to genuine concern as the potential run in the postseason may have taken a disheartening turn. placing johnson on the 15 day dl lift. johnson hasn't been what he used to be this season. his e.r.a. over 1 1/2 run higher in his career. striking out fewer and winning with less frequency. they did have matt on the mound. a good thing. three-game set in san francisco,
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looking good. 6 2/3 innings, one earned run, five hits and five ks, 2.16 e.r.a. in his last 12 starts. bottom of the fifth, bases juiced for. sanovar. eight rbiss in his last three games. giants win 5-4. wilson gets his 22nd save but just barely making things interesting in the top of the ninth. >> nationals, rockies in denver, jayson marquis, what a story this year. major league baseball's first 11-game winner. named to the all-star team for the first time this past weekend. he goes eight strong and the rockies win 1-0. houston got a six pitch save in the ninth. just the fifth time in franchise history that colorado has won 1-0 at home. three of them came last year. so it's marquis and the rockies
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winning 1-0 at home. >> in fact past i was so worried about guys not scoring. trying to make perfect pitches, trying to get three outs with one pitch. this year i told myself to bear down and focus on the hitter and not let the game get up of happened. if one run scores, it's a one run game but it's still just one run. i changed my focus to the hitter and good things have been happening. >> the man known as the machine is being counted on. pujols calling out the series for the homer derby, joined by former champ ryan howard. prince fielder and adrian gonzalez. the four sluggers are the nl's first basemen for the game on july 14. sedgeway, monday on espn, in the 2009 state farm home run derby, you can see it live at 8:00 p.m. eastern. coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern with an all-star edition
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of baseball tonight. ronaldo is kind of a big deal. >> people who know him. >> so, big, some 80,000 people welcomed him to real madrid. the club committed the equivalent of $131 million just in transfer fees. >> i have to say thank to you all supporters, my boss, my friends, my teammates. because, you know, i have been six years with the club and i have friends there. relationships with the old people there. but the people who understand my decision, and the people respect that, of course, it's a great challenge now, and other people know my dream is to play in madrid. but i'm going to miss many, many things in manchester. but this is the life. this is my new house. my new club. and i'm going to give 100% for this club.
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>> real madrid is no stranger to paying top dollar for talent. they are responsible for the four largest transfer fees in soak history including two in the last few months. >> dwyane wade's future with the heat, predicated on the team returning to nba title contention. he can opt out of his deal after this upcoming nba season. he talked with espnews on monday. hitting the playoffs is not enough. >> to win a championship here in miami, once you taste success, you want to continue to keep getting it. i just want to make sure i build and we build this program back to its winning ways, and i'm 27. i'm in the midst of the prime of my career so i look at myself and say, i've got a good window left and i want to be put into the position to win. if we do that, why i would want to leave these regions, the beautiful water behind me. that's what it's all about. >> since the heat won the 2006
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nba title, it's been a frustrating run. 2007, swept out. 2008, wade was injured and this past season they made this playoffs but were bounced in the first round by the atlanta hawks. when we return on espnews, we have lance armstrong's ride at the tour de france. it was stage three on monday. and more troubling health concerns for a member of phil mickelson's family. that news is next. that
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>> tigers hosting the royals. top of the ninth, game tied at three, but not anymore. mike jacobs takes fernando high, deep and gone. solo shot. royals take a 4-3 load and win by that score. jacobs first homer since june 5. a span of 23 games. never blown for than five saves in one year. >> braves and cubs, derrek lee in the house, derrek lee out of the house. he's been red-hot of late. five homers in his last 16 -- last six games. five homers, 14 rbis, in six games for lee. two-run homer in the first. 16th of the year. ramirez activated on monday.
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he had missed two months with an injured shoulder. the cubs have won six of eight. now two games over .500. mclouth led off with his 14th homer for atlanta. >> lance armstrong fined for arriving late to the pre-stage registration. he blamed his tardiness on actor bill stiller. thirst stage of the tour de france. lance armstrong, staying with the pack, teammate signals armstrong to move forward. yeah, lance, come on up. armstrong moves from 10th to third in the overall standings, at stage three. cavendish makes a move mid race, then the final print. cavendish beats everyone to the finish line.
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armstrong congratulates him. he wins his second straight stage. armstrong, i'm not being the leader of this team. >> i prefer to stay out of the drama of who is the leader of the team. i've won the tour seven times. i think i deserve ail will it be of credit. but i'll bert toe is a great rider, too, and we've got to go on with two leaders but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of opportunities like today. >> race leader cancellara of switzerland kept the yellow jersey for third day in a row. the swiss rider extending his lead and is head of colombia rider by 33 seconds and armstrong by 40. >> phil mickelson's mother, mary, has been diagnosed with breast cancer, less than two months after his wife was diagnosed with the same disease. phil's sister told the san diego union tribune that her mother was diagnosed a week ago and will have surgery this friday.
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amy mickelson had surgery for her breast cancer at the same hospital last wednesday. >> we got our first glimpse of the third overall pick in june's nba draft. james harden out of arizona state. he looks solid if his summer league debut. pouring in 17 points in oklahoma city's win over orlando. still to come, the rangers and angels looking for a.l. supremacy. who took sole possession of first place on monday night. an emotional jeff fisher opens up about his former quarterback, up absome days my 8:15arterback, bus is just a bus, but other days, like today, it's my office. the boss just emailed me and wants the new proposal asap. no worries though, my smartphone, it's from at&t. i'm on the nation's fastest 3g network. so that proposal? delivered. (announcer) the nation's fastest 3g network. another reason why twice as many smartphone users have chosen at&t. get a nokia e71x,
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i'm in the top 10, roger. >> fans love saturday night's fourth of july race at daytona. i'm not sure that the competitors involved felt exactly the same. inside the home depot studios, we'll talk all about it. four laps to go, green flag for a restart. second place hamlin is beside leader tony stewart. but he wasn't able to stay there for long. that was kind of indicative of the way things unfolded all night at daytona. >> very unpredictable in that regard. restarts were very difficult. having to synchronize the shifts and push one another. that was the part that was unusual, is pushing through the gears. >> kyle busch gets a big run around tony stewart and sets up the frantic moments off the final corner right here. >> thankfully, nascar has done
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safer cars, safer barriers, because this was a wreck. this was a hard wreck. everybody walked away from it, but in the last two races there have been some pretty good crashes. >> assigning blame, something we all lying to do as race fans. who is at fault? kyle, tony or just racing? >> tony was doing what he had to do. kyle was doing what he had to do. i guess the sad thing is nascar didn't get the caution out earlier. it may have avoided a major catastrophe. kyle got hit hard for the third time instead of just maybe once or twice. >> not to say that it couldn't have been avoided. you've got drivers who instinctively are going for the win. they see the checkered in front of them and they will play defense and offense and it's just a product of restricted racing. >> if you run over somebody on the street you get a ticket. >> can't you get a ticket there? >> maybe. >> fortunately, we're able to laugh about it now but all of the drivers are okay after the big hit that kyle busch and
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others took at the end of the race. manager that went unnoticed in the controversy over the finish was the role tony stewart's pit crew took in his winning the race. several times during the night when hamlin passed tony stewart on the racetrack but when stewart came down pit row his pit crew got him back the lead. >> these guys practice all week long, in that pit stall, five guys have won this year on the pit stall. >> it can be the difference between winning and losing. they have put together this group in the first year and they have been amazing. they have been doing this all year. tony stewart's team gets the job done on pit row. tony the driver gets the job done on the racetrack, picks up his second lead and expand his lead in the championship. the circuit heads off to the chicagoland land speedway for a
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race this coming saturday night. >> and so the d'backs have just beaten the padres. reynolds coming up with the big hit. he's the hero. all other teams. >> next on espnews, leaders >> next on espnews, a.l. west leaders clashing in los angeles. how the angels try to stop the streaking rangers. lance armstrong in position for a shot at a yellow jersey. how he made his move at the tour de france. >> a soccer star fills up a stadium and he didn't even play. an introduction rarely seen in sports. >> jeff fisher reflects on the steve mcnair that led his titans to a super bowl plus the latest into the investigation of his death.
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welcome to espnews. helping you stay current with all the latest news, scores and highlights. alongside john, that's right, that's him. nomar returns to fenway. more on that in a moment. >> we begin in southern california where the angels and rangers began a three-game series with identical 45-35 records. tied for first in the a.l. west. >> rangers get josh hamilton back off the d.l. good news for them. top of the first, hamilton, base hit to right center. he would go two for four in the game. bottom of the second, two on for jeff mathis. right into the fake rocks. it's the angels. with a 3-2 lead. top of the fourth, 5-2 angels, hank blalock to center. but look at torii hunter.
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beautiful catch. bottom of the fifth now, 6-2 angels, looking to break it open. two on for vladimir guerrero. kevin millwood just didn't have it on this night. bobby abreu scores. gives up nine runs in five innings and the angels win 9-4. so with the win, the angels take a one-game lead in the american league west, two more games to go in this series between the first place angels and the second place rangers. >> nomar garciaparra returning to fenway park for the first time since he was traded in 2004. he was feeling the love. >> designated hitter number one. nomar. garciaparra. >> they still love him in beantown. top of the fourth, no score. runners at the corners with no outs. nomar, singling to left. jays on giambi scores, 1-0 ace, nomar, 2-4 with an rbi. a's win it 6-0. anderson, first rookie to shut
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out the red sox in fenway since jim abbott in 1989. boston had their six-game home winning streak against nomar and the a's snapped the garciaparra on the emotions he was feeling monday night. >> i was trying not to try. i was getting choked up. these fans have made me feel just that way. since the day i put on that uniform. and, you know, they have given me such great memories and such great moments. they gave me another one today that i will never forget. >> i can't get off this high. the adrenaline, once it wears off i'll be sore. my body will be hurting after the adrenaline wears off. it's just a tribute to these wonderful people here that i can feel like this. >> among players with at least 1,000 at-bats at fenway, garciaparra's career batting average is six best all time. of the five ahead of him, four are hall of famers. >> yankees, blue jays, in the
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new stadium, in the afternoon. ricky romero, good young left-handed pitcher for the blue jays. derek jeter appears to avoid the tag. gets thrown out. he asked for an explanation. he didn't like what he said. joe girardi comes out to support the captain. finger-pointing and bye-bye. >> foster runs a 7-4 game. we'll hear from jeter in a moment about the scenario. matsui, one-run game, next batter, penski, the winning run, but no theatrics on this day in the new yankees stadium. goes down, blue jays hold on to beat the yankees and they avoid getting swept in the four-game series. andy petitte gave up six runs, five hits, five walks and six plus. 12 of the 14 homers he's allowed this year have come at home. three at minnesota, three at anaheim leading up to the all-star break. back to the phantom tag at third, derek why, were you so
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upset? >> did you argue because you knew you were safe? >> i was just baffled by the explanation. i was told i was out because the ball beat me and he didn't have to tag me, so i was unaware of that change in the rules. >> do you second-guess at all your decision? >> no, because i was safe. how about that. in that situation you try to be aggressive. i thought i could make it. unfortunate it didn't happen. but like i said, it wasn't the call that made me have a conversation, it was the explanation. >> he always knows what to say. he says the perfect thing every time. scott rolen, 23 game hitting streak for toronto, fourth longest in blue jay history. only five short of shawn green's club record set back in 1999. rolen batting .389 during his creek. .327 for the season. new details continue to emerge around the weekend shoulding deaths of former quarterback steve mcnair and his girlfriend. according to autopsy results three of the four gunshot wounds that killed mcnair were fired
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from more than three feet away. the state medical examiner bruce levy says one of the gunshots to mcnair's temple was fired at close range. kazemi's own gunshot wound was a contact shot meaning the gun was touching her head when it was fired. police stay gun found at the scene was bought by kazemi less than two days before the two were shot to death. these are the new pictures of the couple obtained. the girl's nephew says it appeared -- she appeared confident the relationship would last. she said he was divorcing his wife and it would be finalized soon. >> head coach jeff fishers, first full season at the nfl head coach was in 1995, when the then houston oilers made steve mcnair the number three overall pick. fisher eased mcnair into lineup slowly giving him spot duty over his first two seasons before turning the team over to mcnair in 1997. 12 years later, on monday, he
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talked about mcnair's life and death. here's bob holtzman. >> while the titans flag out front sagged at half-staff, an emotional jeff fisher sat quietly in his office search for the right words. when he took the podium, still not sure what to say. fisher chose to speak on behalf of his former quarterback. >> steve mcnair that i knew, would want me to say, sorry. decisions sometimes are not in the best interest. please forgive me. the steve mcnair that i knew would want me to celebrate my life. for what i did on the field.
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for what i did in the community. the kind of teammate that i was. that's what steve, that i knew, would want me to safe. >> fibber and mcnair spent 11 seasons together, and nearly won a super bowl. on monday, fisher called mcnair one of the greatest competitors of all time and said hopes that's what people remember, not the details surrounding his death. >> we all have given the right to judge, and my hope is that steve will be remembered and also forgiven, but remembered for what he did and what he meant to this organization. >> we all make mistakes. we all wish we could go back on but i'm not here to dwell on that i'm here to celebrate the life of a dear friend and teammate. >> there will be a public memorial service for mcnair on thursday afternoon in suburban nashville. a private funeral is scheduled for saturday near mcnair's childhood home in mississippi. in nashville, bob holtzman,
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>> welcome back. reds and phillies, boy, did the phillies have a whole lot of
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fun. first, victorino, three-run homer. two-run homer. later in the first, it's 7-0 phillies. cuerto is gone after 2/3 of an inning and nine earned runs. now herrera is in. 19th of the year. a 10-run first for the reds. and one in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and then six more in the eighth. powered by this four-run homer from jayson werth. second career grand slam. victorino's homer was his first in 25 games. he also scored five runs. he had a great box score line for those who are still into that. five at-bats, five runs, four hits, four rbis. five fives, four fours. >> you do it all year long. there will be times when you go to something and you don't get
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any hits but tonight we just kept plugging along. bottom of the 80, still plugging along. every hit counts and every run counts. >> thanks for calling into espnews to talk about this big phillies win. 21-run margin of victory, third largest ever, biggest in 115 years. >> the giants began sunday by celebrating their pitching. two were named to the nl all-star team. by the end of the day celebration over the status turned into concern. the giants placing randy johnson on the 15-day dl list with a strained shoulder. even though johnson has won 303 career games he hasn't been what he used to be this season. his e.r.a. is over a run and a half higher than his career average entering the season. he's also striking out nearly three fewer batters per nine
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innings and winning with less frequency. >> the johnsonless giants did have matt cain on the mound. a good thing. three-game set in san francisco. looking good. 6 2/3 innings, one earned run, five hits, five ks, 81, with a 2.16 e.r.a. in his last 12 starts. bottom of the fifth, bases juiced. sandaval, first career grand slam. two homers in his last three games. the giants end up winning 5-4. brian wilson gets his 22nd save. but just barely, making things interesting in the top of the ninth. >> nationals, rockies in denver, jayson marquis, what a story he's had this year. major league baseball's first 11-game winner. named to the all-star game for the first time this past weekend. the rockies win 1-0. houston got a six pitch save in
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the ninth. just the fifth time in franchise history that colorado has won 1 s at home, three of them came last year. so it's marquis and the rockies winning 1-0 at home. >> in the past i was so worried about guys not scoring, you know, trying to make perfect pitches, get three outs with one pitch. this year, i told myself to bear down and focus on the hitter. and not let the game get out of hand. if one run scores, i know it's late in the game but it's still just a one-run game, so it's within reach. so i changed my focus to the hitter and good things have been happening. >> the man known as the machine will be counted on to pump out an assembly line worth of round trippers. pujols coming out for the home run derby joined by ryan howard, prince fielder, and adrian gonzalez. the four sluggers are the nl's first basemen for the game on july 14.
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sedgeway, monday now on espn, in the 2009 state farm home run derby, you can see it live at 8:00 p.m. eastern. coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern with an all-star edition of baseball tonight. you may not know this, but ronaldo is kind of a big deal. >> people know him. >> so big, in fact, some 80,000 people welcomed him to real madrid. the club committed the equivalent of $131 million just in transfer fees. >> i have to say thank you to all supporters. my boss, my friends, my teammates. because, you know, have i been here six years in the club, and i have friends there. the relationship with the old people there. but the people who understand my decision, and the people respect that, of course, it's a great challenge now, and other people know my dream is to play in madrid.
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but i'm going to miss many, many things in manchester. you know, but this is the life. this is my new house. my new club, and i'm going to give 100% for this club. >> real madrid is no stranger to paying top dollar for talent. they are now responsible for the four largest transfer fees in soak history, including two in the last few months. >> to the nba, dwyane wade's future with the heat is predicated on the team returning to nba title contention. he can opt out of his heat deal after the upcoming nba season. he told espnews that simply getting to the playoffs is not enough. >> i've been lucky and blessed to have an opportunity to win a championship here in miami and once you taste success, you want to continue to keep getting it. i just want to make sure we build this program back to its winning ways, and, i'm 27, i'm in the midst of the prime of my career, so i look at may have and say, i've got a good window
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left, and i want to be put into a position to win. if we do that, why i would want to leave these palm trees and the beautiful water you see behind me. that's what it's all about. >> since the heat won the 2006 nba title, things have not gone well. 2007, swept out of the first round. 2008, wade was hurt and they went 15-67. and then this past spring, again, they made the play justice but were bounced by the atlanta hawks in the first round. when we return, we have lance armstrong's ride in the tour de france. stage three on monday. >> and more troubling health concerns for a member of phil mickelson's family. th
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>> more baseball, tigers and royals, lead shrinks to two games. game tied at 3-3, top of the ninth inning. deep and gone off fernando. solo jack. royals win by 6-4. looking at what the royals have done, they have won 4-3, bloomquist, 3-4 with a home run and three rbis. 1-3 with a home run as well. >> braves and cubs, derrek lee in the house. derrek lee out of the house. he's been red-hot of late. five homers in his last 16 -- in
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his last six games. five homers, 14 rbis in six games for dee lee. a two-run homer in the first, 16th of the year. ramirez had missed two months with an injured shoulder. he went 0-4 but rookie randy wells, won. now two games over .500. mclouth, homered. >> lance armstrong, fined for arriving late to the pre-stage registration. blamed his tardiness on a visit from actor ben stiller. blame it on ben. >> third stage of the tour de france, i'm watching you, lance armstrong, staying with the back riding in the front end of the field. later in the stage, teammate signals armstrong to move forward. yeah, lance, come on up. armstrong, moves from 10th to third in the overall standings,
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at stage three. makes a move mid race, the final sprint. cavendish beats everyone to the finish line. >> i prefer to stay out of the drama of who is the leader of the team. have i won it seven times. i think i deserve a little bit of credit but alberto is great rider, too, and we've got to go on with two leaders but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of opportunities like today. >> race leader cancellara, third day in a row, the swiss rider extends his lead and is head of columbia required tony martin of germany by 33 seconds and armstrong by 40. >> phil mickelson's mother, mary, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. less than two months after mickelson's wife amy was diagnosed with the same disease.
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tina mickelson, phil sister, told the san diego union tribune that her mother was diagnosed a week ago and will have surgery this friday. amy mickelson had surgery at the same hospital last wednesday. >> got our first glimpse of the third overall pick in june's nba draft. james harden out of arizo >> stilt to come, the angels and rangers, who took sole possession of first place on monday night. fisher opens up about his former quarterback. quarterback.
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>> fans loved fourth of july's race in daytona. i'm not sure the competitors would say the same. four laps to go, green lag for a restar. nascar's new double. restart, second place danny hamlin is beside leader tony stewart but wasn't able to stay there for long and that was indicative to the way things unfolded all night at daytona. >> it was very unpredictable in that regard and restarts were very defer because these guys were going through gears,
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pushing, as you're going through the gears. >> kyle busch gets the big runaround, sets up the frantic moments off the final corner right here. >> you know what? thankfully nascar has done safer cars, safer barriers, because this was a wreck. a hard wreck. and nobody got hurt and everybody walked away from it. but this is the last two restrictive play race, it's been pretty good crashes. >> two big wrecks at the end. assigning blame, something we all like to do. who is at fault, kyle, tony or just racing? >> just racing. kyle was doing what he had to do. the sad thing is nascar didn't get the caution out a little earlier. it may have avoided a major catastrophe at the end because kyle got hit hard for the third time instead of just once or twice. >> not to say it couldn't have been avoided but you've got drivers who are instinctively going for the win. they see the checker in front of them and they are going to play defense and offense and it's just a product of restricted
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racing. >> if you run over somebody on the street you get a ticket. >> can't you get a ticket there? >> maybe. >> fortunately, we're able to laugh about it now, all the drivers are okay after the big hits that kyle busch and others took at the end of the race. something that went unnoticed in the controversy over the finish was the role tony stewart's pit crew and pit stall played in his winning the race. there were several times during the night when hamlin passed tony stewart on the racetrack, but when stewart came down pit row his pit crew got him back the lead. >> these guys practice all week long and that first pit stall, five guys have won this year from that first pit stall. >> how big is one mistake? it's the difference a lot of times between winning and losing and they deserve ever e every bit of the attention they are getting. >> they put together this group in their first year and they have been amazing. been doing this all year. >> tony stewart's pit team gets the job done. picks up his second win of the season and expand his lead in the that is-cnsa just
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beaten the padres. reynolds coming up with the big hit. he's the hero. all other teams. >> next on espnews, leaders >> next on espnews, a.l. west leaders clashing in los angeles. how the angels try to stop the streaking rangers. lance armstrong in position for a shot at a yellow jersey. how he made his move at the tour de france. >> a soccer star fills up a stadium and he didn't even play. an introduction rarely seen in sports. >> jeff fisher reflects on the steve mcnair that led his titans to a super bowl plus the latest into the investigation of his death.
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welcome to espnews. helping you stay current with all the latest news, scores and highlights. alongside john, that's right, that's him. nomar returns to fenway. more on that in a moment. >> we begin in southern california where the angels and rangers began a three-game series with identical 45-35 records. tied for first in the a.l. west. >> rangers get josh hamilton back off the d.l. good news for them. top of the first, hamilton, base hit to right center. he would go two for four in the game. bottom of the second, two on for jeff mathis. right into the fake rocks. it's the angels. with a 3-2 lead. top of the fourth, 5-2 angels, hank blalock to center. but look at torii hunter. beautiful catch. bottom of the fifth now, 6-2
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angels, looking to break it open. two on for vladimir guerrero. kevin millwood just didn't have it on this night. bobby abreu scores. gives up nine runs in five innings and the angels win 9-4. so with the win, the angels take a one-game lead in the american league west, two more games to go in this series between the first place angels and the second place rangers. >> nomar garciaparra returning to fenway park for the first time since he was traded in 2004. he was feeling the love. >> designated hitter number one. nomar. garciaparra. >> they still love him in beantown. top of the fourth, no score. runners at the corners with no outs. nomar, singling to left. jays on giambi scores, 1-0 ace, nomar, 2-4 with an rbi. a's win it 6-0. anderson, first rookie to shut out the red sox in fenway since
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jim abbott in 1989. boston had their six-game home winning streak against nomar and the a's snapped the garciaparra on the emotions he was feeling monday night. >> i was trying not to try. i was getting choked up. these fans have made me feel just that way. since the day i put on that uniform. and, you know, they have given me such great memories and such great moments. they gave me another one today that i will never forget. >> i can't get off this high. the adrenaline, once it wears off i'll be sore. my body will be hurting after the adrenaline wears off. it's just a tribute to these wonderful people here that i can feel like this. >> among players with at least 1,000 at-bats at fenway, garciaparra's career batting average is six best all time. of the five ahead of him, four are hall of famers. >> yankees, blue jays, in the
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new stadium, in the afternoon. ricky romero, good young left-handed pitcher for the blue jays. derek jeter appears to avoid the tag. gets thrown out. he asked for an explanation. he didn't like what he said. joe girardi comes out to support the captain. finger-pointing and bye-bye. >> foster runs a 7-4 game. we'll hear from jeter in a moment about the scenario. matsui, one-run game, next batter, penski, the winning run, but no theatrics on this day in the new yankees stadium. goes down, blue jays hold on to beat the yankees and they avoid getting swept in the four-game series. andy petitte gave up six runs, five hits, five walks and six plus. 12 of the 14 homers he's allowed this year have come at home. three at minnesota, three at anaheim leading up to the all-star break. back to the phantom tag at third, derek why, were you so
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upset? >> did you argue because you knew you were safe? >> i was just baffled by the explanation. i was told i was out because the ball beat me and he didn't have to tag me, so i was unaware of that change in the rules. >> do you second-guess at all your decision? >> no, because i was safe. how about that. in that situation you try to be aggressive. i thought i could make it. unfortunate it didn't happen. but like i said, it wasn't the call that made me have a conversation, it was the explanation. >> he always knows what to say. he says the perfect thing every time. scott rolen, 23 game hitting streak for toronto, fourth longest in blue jay history. only five short of shawn green's club record set back in 1999. rolen batting .389 during his creek. .327 for the season. new details continue to emerge around the weekend shoulding deaths of former quarterback steve mcnair and his girlfriend. according to autopsy results three of the four gunshot wounds that killed mcnair were fired from more than three feet away.
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the state medical examiner bruce levy says one of the gunshots to mcnair's temple was fired at close range. kazemi's own gunshot wound was a contact shot meaning the gun was touching her head when it was fired. police stay gun found at the scene was bought by kazemi less than two days before the two were shot to death. these are the new pictures of the couple obtained. the girl's nephew says it appeared -- she appeared confident the relationship would last. she said he was divorcing his wife and it would be finalized soon. >> head coach jeff fishers, first full season at the nfl head coach was in 1995, when the then houston oilers made steve mcnair the number three overall pick. fisher eased mcnair into lineup slowly giving him spot duty over his first two seasons before turning the team over to mcnair in 1997. 12 years later, on monday, he
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talked about mcnair's life and death. here's bob holtzman. >> while the titans flag out front sagged at half-staff, an emotional jeff fisher sat quietly in his office search for the right words. when he took the podium, still not sure what to say. fisher chose to speak on behalf of his former quarterback. >> steve mcnair that i knew, would want me to say, sorry. decisions sometimes are not in the best interest. please forgive me. the steve mcnair that i knew would want me to celebrate my life. for what i did on the field. for what i did in the community. the kind of teammate that i was.
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that's what steve, that i knew, would want me to safe. >> fibber and mcnair spent 11 seasons together, and nearly won a super bowl. on monday, fisher called mcnair one of the greatest competitors of all time and said hopes that's what people remember, not the details surrounding his death. >> we all have given the right to judge, and my hope is that steve will be remembered and also forgiven, but remembered for what he did and what he meant to this organization. >> we all make mistakes. we all wish we could go back on but i'm not here to dwell on that i'm here to celebrate the life of a dear friend and teammate. >> there will be a public memorial service for mcnair on thursday afternoon in suburban nashville. a private funeral is scheduled for saturday near mcnair's childhood home in mississippi. in nashville, bob holtzman, espnews.
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>> thank you. when we return, more baseball here on espnews, a record-setting runs scored. >> how long the giants will be without the big unit. >> plus dwyane wade says he'll remain in miami on condition. also ahead, we've seen plenty of athletes get showered with adulation but not like this. adulation but not like this. >> more cash over here!
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fun. first, victorino, three-run homer. two-run homer. later in the first, it's 7-0 phillies. cuerto is gone after 2/3 of an inning and nine earned runs. now herrera is in. 19th of the year. a 10-run first for the reds. and one in the second, one in the third, four in the fourth, and then six more in the eighth. powered by this four-run homer from jayson werth. second career grand slam. victorino's homer was his first in 25 games. he also scored five runs. he had a great box score line for those who are still into that. five at-bats, five runs, four hits, four rbis. five fives, four fours. >> you do it all year long. there will be times when you go to something and you don't get any hits but tonight we just kept plugging along.
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bottom of the 80, still plugging along. every hit counts and every run counts. >> thanks for calling into espnews to talk about this big phillies win. 21-run margin of victory, third largest ever, biggest in 115 years. >> the giants began sunday by celebrating their pitching. two were named to the nl all-star team. by the end of the day celebration over the status turned into concern. the giants placing randy johnson on the 15-day dl list with a strained shoulder. even though johnson has won 303 career games he hasn't been what he used to be this season. his e.r.a. is over a run and a half higher than his career average entering the season. he's also striking out nearly three fewer batters per nine innings and winning with less
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frequency. >> the johnsonless giants did have matt cain on the mound. a good thing. three-game set in san francisco. looking good. 6 2/3 innings, one earned run, five hits, five ks, 81, with a 2.16 e.r.a. in his last 12 starts. bottom of the fifth, bases juiced. sandaval, first career grand slam. two homers in his last three games. the giants end up winning 5-4. brian wilson gets his 22nd save. but just barely, making things interesting in the top of the ninth. >> nationals, rockies in denver, jayson marquis, what a story he's had this year. major league baseball's first 11-game winner. named to the all-star game for the first time this past weekend. the rockies win 1-0. houston got a six pitch save in the ninth. just the fifth time in franchise
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history that colorado has won 1 s at home, three of them came last year. so it's marquis and the rockies winning 1-0 at home. >> in the past i was so worried about guys not scoring, you know, trying to make perfect pitches, get three outs with one pitch. this year, i told myself to bear down and focus on the hitter. and not let the game get out of hand. if one run scores, i know it's late in the game but it's still just a one-run game, so it's within reach. so i changed my focus to the hitter and good things have been happening. >> the man known as the machine will be counted on to pump out an assembly line worth of round trippers. pujols coming out for the home run derby joined by ryan howard, prince fielder, and adrian gonzalez. the four sluggers are the nl's first basemen for the game on july 14. sedgeway, monday now on espn, in
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the 2009 state farm home run derby, you can see it live at 8:00 p.m. eastern. coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. eastern with an all-star edition of baseball tonight. you may not know this, but ronaldo is kind of a big deal. >> people know him. >> so big, in fact, some 80,000 people welcomed him to real madrid. the club committed the equivalent of $131 million just in transfer fees. >> i have to say thank you to all supporters. my boss, my friends, my teammates. because, you know, have i been here six years in the club, and i have friends there. the relationship with the old people there. but the people who understand my decision, and the people respect that, of course, it's a great challenge now, and other people know my dream is to play in madrid. but i'm going to miss many, many things in manchester.
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you know, but this is the life. this is my new house. my new club, and i'm going to give 100% for this club. >> real madrid is no stranger to paying top dollar for talent. they are now responsible for the four largest transfer fees in soak history, including two in the last few months. >> to the nba, dwyane wade's future with the heat is predicated on the team returning to nba title contention. he can opt out of his heat deal after the upcoming nba season. he told espnews that simply getting to the playoffs is not enough. >> i've been lucky and blessed to have an opportunity to win a championship here in miami and once you taste success, you want to continue to keep getting it. i just want to make sure we build this program back to its winning ways, and, i'm 27, i'm in the midst of the prime of my career, so i look at may have and say, i've got a good window left, and i want to be put into a position to win.
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if we do that, why i would want to leave these palm trees and the beautiful water you see behind me. that's what it's all about. >> since the heat won the 2006 nba title, things have not gone well. 2007, swept out of the first round. 2008, wade was hurt and they went 15-67. and then this past spring, again, they made the play justice but were bounced by the atlanta hawks in the first round. when we return, we have lance armstrong's ride in the tour de france. stage three on monday. >> and more troubling health concerns for a member of phil mickelson's family. that news is next.
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you know what i like about tennis are the rankings. i like to know exactly where you stand at all times. yeah, it works for us. yeah. hey, if they ranked "sportscenter" anchors, where do you think i'd be ranked? - i don't know. - come on. i'd rather not get into it. come on, pick a number between one and 10.
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well... i'm not sure you'll be in the top 10. i'm in the top 10, roger.
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>> more baseball, tigers and royals, lead shrinks to two games. game tied at 3-3, top of the ninth inning. deep and gone off fernando. solo jack. royals win by 6-4. looking at what the royals have done, they have won 4-3, bloomquist, 3-4 with a home run and three rbis. 1-3 with a home run as well. >> braves and cubs, derrek lee in the house. derrek lee out of the house. he's been red-hot of late. five homers in his last 16 -- in his last six games. five homers, 14 rbis in six
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games for dee lee. a two-run homer in the first, 16th of the year. ramirez had missed two months with an injured shoulder. he went 0-4 but rookie randy wells, won. now two games over .500. mclouth, homered. >> lance armstrong, fined for arriving late to the pre-stage registration. blamed his tardiness on a visit from actor ben stiller. blame it on ben. >> third stage of the tour de france, i'm watching you, lance armstrong, staying with the back riding in the front end of the field. later in the stage, teammate signals armstrong to move forward. yeah, lance, come on up. armstrong, moves from 10th to third in the overall standings, at stage three.
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makes a move mid race, the final sprint. cavendish beats everyone to the finish line. >> i prefer to stay out of the drama of who is the leader of the team. have i won it seven times. i think i deserve a little bit of credit but alberto is great rider, too, and we've got to go on with two leaders but that doesn't mean you can't take advantage of opportunities like today. >> race leader cancellara, third day in a row, the swiss rider extends his lead and is head of columbia required tony martin of germany by 33 seconds and armstrong by 40. >> phil mickelson's mother, mary, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. less than two months after mickelson's wife amy was diagnosed with the same disease. tina mickelson, phil sister,
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told the san diego union tribune that her mother was diagnosed a week ago and will have surgery this friday. amy mickelson had surgery at the same hospital last wednesday. >> got our first glimpse of the third overall pick in june's nba draft. james harden out of arizo >> stilt to come, the angels and rangers, who took sole possession of first place on monday night. fisher opens up about his former quarterback.
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>> how to stay current on espnews, nascar asks a federal judge on non-reverse the ruling that lifted driver jeremy mayfield's indefinite suspension for failing a random drug test. mayfield was suspended may 9 for a positive drug test and nascar has identified the substance as methamphetamine. >> serena williams appeared with david letterman just two days after beating her sister in the wimbledon final. she joked with david letterman about all the grunting in tennis. >> when i was younger growing up i used to watch monica sells and she's like the first person that i know that used to grunt really loud and hard. that's kind of how i modeled my grunt after. and then, i guess if i play golf, i grunt. if i'm playing soccer and i kick the ball, i grunt.
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so, you know -- >> what about at breakfast? [grunt] >> how about some more eggs? [grunt] >> with fantasy information for tuesday's game, here's christopher harris. >> i'm christopher harris with your fantasy news. let's look at a few starting pitchers that will be throwing on tuesday. remember to get bedard active because he's coming off the dl against his old team, orioles. he dominated in a start last year and supposedly looked great. in his final bullpen tune-up. jordan zimmermann of the nationals just keeps rolling on. use him in colorado against the rockies. he's got ground ball stuff plus allowed two runs or fewer in his past five starts in. that span he's got a 2.12 e.r.a. despite which he's unowned in 90% of espn leagues. finally, if you're streaming pitchers in a deeper league it
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might be time to start writing ja hap. he's struck 13. he gets the reds on tuesday. espn.com has the best fantasy announcers. check us out and do better in your league. >> beats san diego 6-5. mark reynolds, the walk-off rbi in the bottom of the ninth inning. >> washburn, ninth complete game and fourth shutout of his career, the seventh pitcher in the last five years to throw a complete game shutout allowing one hit and no walks. the first pitcher to do that this season. >> home run hits on monday, washburn, an early rbi? that game. kinsler hits his 20th of the year but the rangers would paul to the angels and the phillies going nuts againsthe

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